Best Of 2005


She captured the local original-music scene’s attention a couple years ago, and has admirably held it since, remaining one of the most loved, cited and talked-about artists in the area. And she’s only gotten better, widening her stylistic palette in both grittier and mellower directions, while maintaining one of the most evocative voices around. Whether solo or with her fine band The Reluctant Prophets, she’s a standout act on any bill, be it rock-, folk-, pop-, or jam-oriented. She should be famous, but first, can we get another album of intimate yet universal tunes, please?